Saturday Morning Flashback
Saturday Mornings at 8:00am
In the year that Elvis died at Graceland, rock & roll began to evolve – growing louder, angrier, more invigorating, while disco gained momentum with the December release of Saturday Night Fever, and Fleetwood Mac’s [...]
The first WXRT Listener Poll was conducted in 1973, but it seems no one had the foresight to save a copy of the results, so the 1974 survey – pictured here – is the first [...]
Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, CNN, Pac Man, the U.S. Olympic hockey team, J.R. Ewing, Mt. St. Helens, John Lennon. Music highlights included albums from Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Elvis Costello, the [...]
Among the many highlights of the year was the release of our very first fundraising collection of rare musical treats, On XRT: Live From the Archives Volume 1, which included live performances from The Replacements, [...]
Chicago was united by a cast of characters known as Da Bears, and the icing on the cake was their total domination Superbowl victory over the New England Patriots. It was also the year that [...]
It was a very good year for Springsteen fans. Darkness on the Edge of Town topped the XRT Listener Poll, and if there had been a Best Concert category back then, his September show at [...]
The World Cup was hosted by the country that stubbornly calls it “soccer” – and the opening ceremony was held right here in Chicago, with Oprah playing MC for the festivities at Soldier Field on [...]
In the year that saw the death of the King, music was re-energized. Debut releases from artists like Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, the Clash, and others offered an invigorating challenge to the predictable mainstream rock bands of the mid-70s.
The 1980 “Miracle on Ice” has been mentioned more than a few times during coverage of the Sochi Games, and for good reason. That semi-final match pitting U.S. collegiate underdogs against the mighty Soviet Union [...]
Johnny Mars will be behind the board for Saturday Morning Flashback — 1977. He just dropped my a line saying he’s going to give a spin to 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love,” early in the show. This is a track full of 70s studio magic and worth checking out in more detail.
If you have a few free minutes, watch this short documentary on the making of the song below and how the band used vocal loops the create the breathy atmosphere that makes this recording so unique.